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Report: Dodgers may pursue Michael Young as everyday 3B

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Are the Dodgers angling for a reunion with Michael Young? (USATSI)
Are the Dodgers angling for a reunion with Michael Young? (USATSI)

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The Dodgers are considering pursuing veteran infielder Michael Young to be their starting third baseman, tweets ESPN.com's Buster Olney. The Dodgers have a hole at the position given the likely departure of free-agent incumbent Juan Uribe, and there's a preexisting relationship in place, as the Dodgers last season acquired Young from the Phillies in late August.

Speaking of last season, Young batted a combined .279/.335/.395 in 147 games for the Phillies and Dodgers. For his career, Young owns an OPS+ of 104 across parts of 14 major-league seasons. Of course, Young, at age 37, is very much in his decline phase, and his defensive numbers at third base have been fairly abysmal since 2009.

Young could still be somewhat useful as a right-handed bat off the bench, but he has neither the bat nor the glove to be a lineup regular. At best, this would be a half-measure on the part of Dodgers GM Ned Colletti.

 
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